The CW’s The Flash has already seen success in its debut season by breaking ratings records for the network both with its premiere and a crossover event with Arrow. Even before The Flash premiered, executive producer and DC Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, touted the series as “the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever.” In addition to the comics, The Flash has also paid homage to the 1990 CBS series about the speedster.
The previous show’s star, John Wesley Shipp, plays the father of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Henry Allen. In the midseason finale, Amanda Pays reprised her role as Dr. Tina McGee - albeit a new version of the character - on The Flash. Additionally, Mark Hamill recently spoke about returning to his role from the 1990 series as The Trickster.
In an interview with IGN, Hamill talked both about reprising his role as The Trickster for The Flash as well as the iconic Luke Skywalker for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, unlike Luke Skywalker, The Trickster will be a different incarnation of the character, and Hamill has some idea of what the new version will look like.
Read Hamill’s full quote:
“Well listen, it’s really in the embryonic stages. We discussed it over the phone. I like these guys, what they’ve already done with the show. I’m a fan. I had watched all seven or eight episodes that they had at the time… When they asked me to be a part of it, the last thing I was thinking was that I would be returning to that specific role, but I think you’re going to be really pleased with what they’ve come up with. It was totally unexpected.”
In his previous role as The Trickster, Hamill played the criminal psychopath James Jesse, who was based on the original incarnation of the villain from the DC comics. However, in the early 2000s, Axel Walker, created by Johns, took up the mantle of The Trickster from Jesse.
It’s difficult to discern from Hamill’s comments what The Flash producers Johns, Andrew Kreisberg, and Greg Berlanti may be planning for The Trickster. But, perhaps a storyline involving both James Jesse (played by Hamill again) and Axel Walker could be “totally unexpected” - or simply wishful thinking.
Though he may not have given away too many details on his return to The Flash, Hamill did say it’s an unexpectedly enjoyable experience, as it was with Star Wars:
“I said this before [about Luke Skywalker]. It’s like putting on an old pair of pants in the back of the closet and finding out there’s a 20 dollar bill in the pocket. It’s like ‘Oh, wow! I forgot all about this!’ And it’s more enjoyable because it’s so unexpected.”
Certainly, fans of Star Wars and The Flash alike will be excited to see the actor reprise his roles of the past. Though, in the case of The Flash, there will be a little more room for reinvention, which adds another interesting component to Hamill’s upcoming appearance in the series. However, according to the actor, fans should enjoy the new incarnation of his character.
The Flash returns Tuesday, January 20 with “Revenge of the Rogues” @8pm on The CW.